HC Deb 06 June 1921 vol 142 c1502
54. Sir C. YATE

asked the Secretary of State for India whether, considering that under Army Instruction, India, No. 790, dated 23rd July, 1918, it was decided that Government servants granted commissions in the Indian Army Reserve of Officers and Military Officers of the Indian Army in permanent civil employ on temporary military duty during the War should be given the option when serving overseas of retaining their civil salary according to the next below rule or of receiving the military pay and allowances of rank plus civil pay, whichever is greater, with retrospective effect from December, 1916, and that similar concessions were made to members of the home Civil Service who served overseas under the War Office, he will state whether a similar concession was refused in the case of servants of the Indian Government who served overseas under the War Office; and, if so, for what reasons the concessions were refused?


It was not originally intended that Indian Government servants who joined the Indian Army Reserve of Officers should serve outside India. Having joined the Reserve on this understanding they were entitled, when it became necessary for them to serve overseas, to receive not less pay than when serving in India, namely, their civil pay. There was no such understanding in the case of those who joined the British Service, and after very careful consideration my right hon. Friend has decided that there are not sufficient grounds for giving them their civil pay.